Letter from Kerry Dhakal, Research and Education Librarian

Dear College of Nursing faculty and staff members,

Good afternoon.  I’m writing to let you know that I will be out of the office/library, February 4th – April 12th to focus time and effort on my research endeavors.  If you or your students have questions for a librarian, please refer to the Ask-A-Librarian webpage from the Educational Services section of the Health Sciences Library homepage.  This webpage provides information about how to contact the library or a librarian, via phone, email or by completing the Ask-A-Librarian contact form.

If you would like to request an instruction session about library resources, services or literature searching as a workshop or for a class that you are teaching, please use the Instruction Request Form

By completing requests using these forms, your email will be forwarded to the appropriate librarian or library staff member for response.

Other resources that you and your students may find helpful during this time include:

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) LibGuide

This guide is intended for students, faculty, staff, and clinicians across the health sciences who would like to learn more about Evidence-Based Practice.  After viewing this guide, if you have questions please contact the HSL Librarians using the Email Me link on the left-hand side of the screen.

Nursing LibGuide

This guide is intended for Nursing students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians and provides background information about evidence-based practice and recommends appropriate databases and sources.

Systematic Review LibGuide

This guide is intended to provide guidance and resources for researchers, clinicians, faculty, and students across the health sciences interested in conducting a systematic review, including a page and quiz to help you determine how to choose the right type of review for your project or class assignment.

Measuring Scholarly Impact LibGuide

This guide is intended for faculty and staff to provide guidance in documenting and analyzing the impact of scholarly work.

If you would like to see the full list of HSL LibGuides, you can do so by clicking Subject Guides in the Top Resources list on the HSL homepage or use the following link: HSL LibGuides

Thank you,

Kerry Dhakal

Health Sciences Library Seeking Focus Group Participants

The following information comes to us from Kerry DhakalAssistant Professor and Research and Education Librarian at the Health Sciences Library:

As significant transformations to campus health sciences spaces get underway, the Health Sciences Library is taking a look at its own spaces and services, looking for ways to best meet our customers’ needs in this changing landscape. To that end, we are reaching out to the populations that we serve, inviting students, faculty, and staff in the health sciences, to participate in informal focus group sessions throughout the month of November. Sessions are planned as follows.
  • Nov. 27, 5-6 pm: Students
  • Nov. 28, noon to 1 pm: Basic science faculty
  • Nov. 28, 5 -6 pm: Clinical faculty and staff

We’d like to learn more about your workflows, barriers to your success, and how library spaces play or could play a role in overcoming those barriers. Help us improve library spaces and services by registering for one of our three group sessions. All sessions will be held in Prior Hall room 200. Refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited to 10 participants per session and RSVP is required. Register at https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3qFUD0rLpazxFPfIf you’d like to provide comments on the topic of library space but are not able to participate in a focus group, please use the registration form and follow the prompts for not being able to attend. Any questions may be directed to Stephanie Schulte, Stephanie.schulte@osumc.edu, Head, Research and Education Services, Health Sciences Library.

Would you like to comment on librarian assistance? Use our quick surveyhttp://go.osu.edu/HSL_LibrarianImpact.

HSL Liaison Librarian News

Read the latest from the College of Nursing’s Health Sciences Library liaison, Kerry Dhakal, in her March, 2018, newsletter.  Learn about new tools and opportunities available through the HSL, including:

  • VisualDX: a visual diagnostic point-of-care tool developed to assist medical practitioners in clinical decision-making
  • HSL Subject Guides: a place to collect course- and subject-specific library resources
  • Software to support your research in the the HSL Digital Union: software like NVivo, SPSS, and Tableau Public are available for use in the 4th-floor Digital Union for you and your students to use.

Read the latest newsletter from our HSL liaison.

Citing media from digital resources

This post will provide a walk-through for citing digital media using the American Psychological Association (APA) format. This is the most common citation style for scientific papers. Proper citation is important in that it gives credit to the original authors and owners of referenced works, and it gives readers of your paper a way to research and verify the sources that you used.

  • Citing a Video Link:



In-Text Citations:

The video should be referenced in the text, like this:

“The OSU marching band put on an amazing halftime show (the Lantern, 2012).”


“The Lantern (2012) highlights the skill of the OSU marching band.”

  • Citing an Image/Graph/Chart:

The image should have a caption that includes:

  1. The word Figure (with a capital letter and in italics)
  2. A number (starting with 1, increasing in numerical order with each new figure)
  3. A title for the figure or brief description of the work
  4. The owner and publication date in parenthesis


Figure 1. Ohio State Buckeyes Logo (Buckeyes1186, 2013)



In text citation:

The figure should be referenced in the text, like this:

“As Figure 1 shows, OSU has the best school logo.”

  • Citing a Table

The table should have the following information:

Above the table:

Include the word Table with its number next to it (starting at 1) and a title which describes the contents of the table. Title should be in italics and capitalized in sentence case.

Below the table:

A table should be able to be understood on its own, even outside of the context of the rest of the paper. A note under the table can be used to provide extra information and context.



In-text citation:

The table should be referenced in the text, like this:

“As shown in Table 1, I assume you will have a perfect understanding of APA formatting after reading this post.”

  • Additional Tips:

Some web resources may choose to include their reference list without the usual APA-style hanging indent because hanging indents will not display correctly on certain blogs and web platforms (See an example).  The reference entries you see above are image files intended to demonstrate how hanging indent should display in APA style.

It is important to be aware of the ownership rights of media you choose to replicate. Some sources of free use images are:

HSL Liaison Librarian News

Read the latest from the College of Nursing’s Health Sciences Library liaison, Kerry Dhakal, in her September 2017 newsletter. Find out how you can participate in Research Month (October) at HSL, use a systematic review tool called Covidence, and access InCites to analyze bibliometric data beyond the simple impact factor.

Read the latest newsletter from our HSL liaison.

HSL Liaison Librarian News

Read the latest from the College of Nursing’s Health Sciences Library liaison, Kerry Dhakal, in her March 2017 newsletter. Find out how a library liaison can assist you with your teaching and scholarly pursuits, learn more about citation managers, and explore HSL’s new subscription to Embase and its PICO interface.

Liaison Librarian News March 2017

Media and Your Classroom: Know Your Resources

Many instructors in the College of Nursing like to make multimedia resources available to students, whether it is through openly available online resources or password-restricted resources on the CON Nucleus server.  Some instructors may have noticed, however, that students have difficulty accessing certain resources, especially as more and more students choose to access the internet through tablets and phones.  We reached out to the Health Services Library (HSL) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) to learn about what other resources may be available for instructors to use in their classes.
Nursing Education sure has changed through the years!

  • Procedures Consult: The HSL has access to procedure videos with associated text and images through ClinicalKey. You can browse the available Procedures Consult videos at the link above.
  • Films on Demand is run by the HSL and has a selection of over 3,000 videos on medicine and health topics.
  •  Adding New Purchases to HSL: When the Health Services library buys resources, physical copies will be available for checkout from the library and streaming video would be licensed for all of OSU.  If you have suggestions for resources that could be purchased and made available, you can contact Joe Payne or Kerry Dhakal.
  • ODEE Secured Media Library:  ODEE also offers a Secured Media Library where students can access and watch videos online.  To find out how to add a new title to the Secured Media Library, see the article on adding to the Secured Media Library here. To give students access to view an existing title in the Secured Media Library, an instructor must create a playlist and assign a specific video to a class for the students to have access to view it.  It’s a quick and easy procedure, but students will not have access to view videos on the Secured Media Library unless an instructor in their course (1) creates a playlist,  (2) adds a video to it, and (3) assigns a course and all of its sections to view the video.
  •  Issues with Nucleus:  If you or your students have problems watching videos on the Nucleus server, inquiries can be sent to CON-InformationTechnology@osu.edu.

Images found at the following web pages:


HSL Survey Request

The Health Sciences Library is planning to offer a workshop/information on data management. In order to provide information of interest to our faculty and researchers, we need your feedback to address your data management information needs.

 Please fill out the quick survey listed below (appx 1 minute) by August 31, 2016. Questions? Contact Kerry Dhakal (.9)

 Thank you.


Meet our new Research and Education Librarian!

Kerry Dhakal, MAA, MLS, AHIP

The College of Nursing has a new liason librarian to the Health Sciences Library.  Kerry Dhakal has both a Masters of Library Science and a Masters of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a BA in Anthropology from The Ohio State University. She is also a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals in the Medical Library Association.

She has previously served as clinical librarian for the Inova Health System (one of the top hospital systems in the Washington, DC region). There, she collaborated with nurses and nursing leaders to implement evidence-based practice processes and projects. Most recently, she acted as a liaison to 10 interdisciplinary nursing project teams that were awarded grants to implement evidence-based practice in the clinical setting. She also consulted on nursing research activities as a member of the Inova Nursing Research and EBP Councils and consulted and taught RN to BSN/MSN staff nurses about information literacy, literature reviews, and citation management.

Prior to working at Inova, Kerry served as a medical reference librarian the National Library of Medicine and worked as an evaluator of community health programs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the World Health Organization.

Find out more about how Kerry can assist you with your teaching and scholarly pursuits in the College of Nursing by viewing her presentation below.

Request upload of articles to your Carmen course

College of Nursing instructors, be sure your students can access the articles you want them to read for your course by requesting assistance from our librarian in the Health Sciences Library with upload of articles to Carmen. This service can relieve some of the burden on you to make sure copyright regulations are followed and articles are accessible and available all semester to students. Use this Reserve Request Form to request that materials be placed in your Carmen course by a librarian. If you have more than one article, compile a list of articles with all required information in a Word document and include it as an attachment to the form. If you have questions, please see the helpful information on the Health Sciences Library website or contact me or an HSL librarian.